Watts & Dray is a full service hospitality design studio offering interior design, FF&E, art curation, branding and styling services. Our spaces are aesthetic candy, dripping in finishes and composed to the hilt.
The studio was co-founded as a result of the cosmic connection between Vanessa Watts and Erika Dray. Over their 15 year friendship, the two have worked in parallel design worlds, and shared a singular punk sensibility.
Vanessa’s background is in visual arts and Interior Design. She studied design at Pratt Institute and through positions at some of NYC’s biggest design firms, went on to create over 30 high visibility hospitality projects across the country.
Erika is a visual artist with a professional background in Fashion and Jewelry Design. Over the last 20 years Erika has worked as a Technical Designer at numerous major NYC fashion houses. In 2007 Erika created her own eponymous jewelry line with a sculptor’s eye and artist’s sensibility.
An opportunity to create an edgy new space brought them together in 2021. They teamed up to create a visually striking and distinctive supper club in San Diego’s Gaslamp District.
Based on this collaboration, Watts & Dray was born.